I’ve got your back this week with ideas for how to use your leftover Halloween candy. I mean, duh. Eat it. But if not…bake it!
Nothing will please a crowd faster than chocolate cake, and when you add a rich chocolate glaze and cover the cake with all kinds of candy bars, you’re basically asking people to come to your house and never leave. If that sounds okay to you, proceed!
After all, nothing will fill a house full of visitors faster than baked goods. I find that when there’s a candy assortment in the mix, you just have to get used to having privacy invaded on a regular basis.
That’s not really a problem for me, but for Kenny, it’s awful. He’s an introvert, and our house is very loud for him already. Our three monsters make a ton of hullabaloo, and when their little monster friends come over, it’s even worse. I try to hide the chocolate during any and all play dates.
It’s kind of tough when an extrovert marries an introvert. I charge my batteries by being with other people, and I’ve had to really cut that back now that I see what it can do to Kenny. He would never complain, but I know that spending the day around people is not his thing at all.
Whenever we do get together with friends, I have a really great time. But I can usually tell from Kenny’s body language that he’s dying to get home and lie on the couch. I mean, that does sound nice, for maybe an hour or so. Then I really want to get out there again and hang out with people.
Our society really gives introverts a bad rap. We make it harder for them to get ahead in the workplace, we misinterpret their preference for quiet as hostile or unfriendly, and we refuse to acknowledge that it’s okay for some people to prefer to be alone to get their energy. It doesn’t mean that they don’t have friends, or want to do well at work, or anything else. It’s just a different way of seeing the world.
It gets to the point where introverts force themselves uncomfortably out of their natural preferences, and it shows. My mom is an introvert, but she values the qualities that extroverts exhibit, so she goes out of her way to be very social. I admire her for putting herself out there, but as a natural extrovert (not to mention her daughter), I can tell when she’d rather be at home getting some downtime.
Regardless of social preference, we can all agree that a candy bar chocolate bundt cake is a good way to unwind and recharge after a long and stressful day. I made sure to pile this high with as many candy bars as I could: we’ve got Almond Joy, Snickers, Milky Way, Twix, Reese’s, Kit Kats, Nestle Crunch and M & Ms. And have I mentioned the thick chocolate glaze? I think I did, but it bears repeating.
As long as I keep baking cakes like this, people will drop by on any old pretext to share a slice. I love it, and as for Kenny, well, he’s getting used to it. But I don’t want him to change, and we’ll keep meeting somewhere in the middle. Introvert or extrovert, we can all bond over a big slice of cake at the end of the day.
Candy Bar Chocolate Bundt Cake
2 cups sugar
1 and 3/4 cups flour
3/4 cup cocoa
1 and 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 and 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup milk
1/2 cup oil (I used canola)
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 cup boiling water
3/4 cup chocolate chips
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 tablespoon light corn syrup
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
assorted chopped candy bars (see post for what I used)
- Preheat the oven to 350. Coat a bundt pan with cooking spray. Set aside.
- Combine the sugar, oat flour, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder and salt in a bowl.
- Stir in the milk, oil, vanilla and eggs, mixing until smooth.
- Fold in the boiling water carefully.
- Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Bake for 35-45 minutes until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
- Allow the cake to cool completely. When the cake is cool, prepare the glaze. Combine the ingredients in a microwave-safe bowl and heat at 30-second intervals, stirring after each interval until smooth and glossy.
- Spoon the glaze over the cake. Carefully press the chopped candy bars all over the glaze. Allow the top to set.
- Slice and serve!
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Being an introvert, I know how he feels 🙂 Hope you had a nice Halloween! I sure have some left over candy and will definitely make this gorgeous bundt cake 🙂
mira recently posted…Burnt Movie Night Cheese Tray
Thanks so much, Mira! I do feel for him when I make him be social. Poor guy just wants to chill out!
I can so sympathize with your husband. It’s painful for me to be around people sometimes, especially if I don’t know them. This cake is one of the prettiest I’ve seen in a really long time!
Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust recently posted…Double Chocolate Snowball Cookies
When we first started dating, he said, “People scare me.” I realized then what he felt like! And thanks so much! That’s a lovely compliment!
Yum! So much color and flavor from the candy and the cake and chocolate drizzle look awesome, too 🙂
Medha @ Whisk & Shout recently posted…Vegan Pumpkin Coconut Bundt Cake + a Pumpkin Roundup!
Thanks, Medha! It’s pretty much a chocolate lover’s heaven.
Ahh this looks like the best cake ever!! So perfect!
Sues recently posted…Friday I’m in Love #4: Halloween Weekend
Thanks, Sues! I’m trying not to eat the whole dang thing…
Love the idea of this cake Mir! Such a great way to use up that candy! My husband is also an introvert and I find myself getting annoyed with him. 😮 You def gave me a different way to see things. 🙂
Michele @ Alwayzbakin recently posted…Easy Apple Bars
It’s definitely hard when you’re at parties and he’s being totally quiet and looks bored. But yep, I try to see it his way. It helps!
Oh what a pretty bundt cake, Mir! This is such a clever way to use up halloween candy! It’s almost too pretty to eat…almost. And I love that you can add any candy to it. Sounds perfect!
Gayle @ Pumpkin ‘N Spice recently posted…Slow Cooker Pumpkin Butter
Not too pretty for me to eat! 🙂 Thanks, Gayle!
Everyone keeps going on about leftover candy, and there is no such thing in my house haha. My husband eats it all up before I can make things like this with it. That is a delicious looking cake though!
Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy recently posted…Comment on Gingerbread Oat Waffles by Laura @ Raise Your Garden
Same here. If I didn’t buy a blog candy supply, there would be no leftovers!
I absolutely LOVE this cake! And not just because it will keep me from eating all of the leftover candy (we have to stop buying Costco-sized bags) all by myself!
Kate @ Framed Cooks recently posted…Easy No Bean Chili
Thanks, Kate! Feel no shame. I eat it all, too!
Mir, Paul and I are exactly the same. . he’s the introvert and I’m the opposite, just like you! But I guess it’s true that opposites attract? I love this candy bar chocolate bundt cake!!! and you’re not going to believe this but we have NO LEFTOVER HALLOWEEN CANDY. I actually bought less this year because it was raining. . and of course it clears up and doesn’t rain at all so we got tons of trick or treaters AND my kids donated most of their candy into the pot (even before we got low on candy) so I’m left with a few starbursts and a laffy taffy. . I’ll have to hit up the grocery store soon for more chocolate! 😛
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I sometimes think about what life would be like if I married an extrovert, and then I realize I’d probably be exhausted! Imagine if Paul and Kenny wanted to be out all the time. It would be a crazy life! I’m sorry you ran out of candy. I have the mother lode here, so I wish I could ship some over!
Nice post! I definitely fall somewhere in the middle which I believe is called an ambivert – not that I’m big on labels – I guess you could say I’m a social introvert – maybe like your mom. I love pondering what makes us tick and how, indeed, opposites attract…so awesome and interesting! Like this cake! Without trick- or-treaters – wahhhh – I have no leftovers – so I’ll be right over!
annie@ciaochowbambina recently posted…SnapDragon Apple, Walnut & Chicken Spinach Salad with Feta & Cranberry
I love thinking about that, too! I wish I could share my bazillions of leftovers with you, Annie!
I’m a total introvert, so I’m with Kenny and your mom. I would much rather be home than just about anywhere else. I think I could make the sacrifice to be social if this cake is involved!
Rachelle @ Beer Girl Cooks recently posted…Roasted Tomato and Mascarpone Soup with Grilled Cheese Croutons
Being at home can be so nice…especially when I have Netflix streaming!
I love this post, Mir! I can totally relate to your husband. I’m not keen on being around a lot of people for long periods of time. I enjoy it to an extent, but then I’m ready to get away and have some quiet time. My husband is also an introvert, but he’s a bit more social. He can small talk all day long with anyone. I sometimes envy that. Small talk is a huge hurdle for me. One that often makes me come across as stuck up and snobbish. I bet if I had this cake with me, people would think otherwise. Everyone loves chocolate cake! And the candy makes it extra special.
Small talk is icky no matter what, but it’s nice when I can have real conversations with people I barely know. You probably don’t like that, and that’s cool. It totally drains my husband!
My husband and I are a mix of both introvert and extrovert. I get serious social anxiety, so often I WANT to stay at home, but the serious extrovert inside of me loves being around people… although I get crazy anxiety. I do agree, introverts get a bad wrap for some silly reason. We need to protest! 😉 Anyways, GIRL, this cake is amaze-balls! LOVE how fun this is! My hubs, niece and nephew would die over this cake! Double Chocolate PLUS candy? Winner, for sure! Pinned! Cheers, doll!
Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary recently posted…Loaded Southwestern Roasted Cauliflower “Bisque”
Being both at the same time sounds challenging! But maybe we’re all not one thing anyway, which is better than assigning labels. I’m glad your family would like the cake!
I love how chocolaty this cake looks Mir, the candies on top make it extra special! Great pictures! 🙂
Manali @ CookWithManali recently posted…Vegetarian Stuffed Mushrooms
Thanks, Manali! I had to load it up with candy!
This cake is absolute genius! I MUST make it!
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Thanks so much, Adri! I couldn’t resist making this one!